By Prince Hakeem
While many fans thoroughly enjoyed the recent live action remake of the Disney classic, “The Lion King”, one iconic performer expressed some disappointment.
Sir Elton John was talking with British GQ when he said that the new Lion King version was a disappointment to him. He claimed that the movie messed up with the music.
“The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music up,” Elton told British GQ.“Music was so much a part of the original and the music in the current film didn’t have the same impact. The magic and joy were lost. The soundtrack hasn’t had nearly the same impact in the charts that it had 25 years ago, when it was the bestselling album of the year.”
He pretty much believes that the different approach with the music Beyonce produced is what made the movie lose it’s original magic and appeal from the original version.
“The new soundtrack fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box-office success,” Elton continued. “I wish I’d been invited to the party more, but the creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around and I wasn’t really welcomed or treated with the same level of respect. That makes me extremely sad. I’m so happy that the right spirit for the music lives on with the Lion King stage musical.”
Now the Beyhive definitely have had something to say, given that Elton’s criticism can be interpreted as an attack on the very Afrobeat focus Beyonce took in honoring the African heritage behind Lion King. Well everyone has their opinion.